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Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management: Thesis Research

Integrating Conflict Analysis into Operations of Canadian Junior Resource Companies in Africas

Africa holds significant deposits of mineral wealth alongside a significant proportion of the world’s violent conflict. Nearly every African country has preconditions for conflict, including poverty, high populations and ethno-linguistic diversity. Canadian junior resource companies are attracted to African resource wealth and are willing to accept the higher risks associated with operations in conflict-prone African states.  Awareness and analysis of open or latent conflict is not widely considered within Canadian junior resource companies. Conflict analysis must be integrated into a resource company’s investment decision process, resulting in the early understanding of the conflict risk of proposed mining operations. By adopting proactive conflict analysis and clearly understanding the conflict risk posed to exploration and mining operations, Canadian junior resource companies can reduce costs associated with destructive company/community conflict, and implement strategies to prevent conflict. This research leveraged Scott’s previous work on stakeholder engagement and analysis of pre-investment risks.

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Previous Research

Stakeholder Engagement and Environmental Protection: A New Framework for Small Ecotourism Operators
International Journal of Environment, Workplace and Employment Vol. 2 No. 3 2006

This research is based on interviews and field experience in southern Africa, and was presented at the 6th biennial Canadian Society of Ecological Economics at York University in October of 2005. The research explores the relationship between entrepreneurial activities and stakeholder engagement, and suggests a “mission-based approach” to engagement. The MAnE framework is presented in this literature, based on the three stages of Mission, Analysis and Engagement. Ultimately, it is a no-frills guide for resource-challenged small enterprises in stakeholder analysis and engagement. This paper is available from Inderscience Publishers here.

Understanding Success Factors for Ensuring Sustainability in Ecotourism Developments in Southern Africa
Journal of Ecotourism Vol.4 No. 1 2005

In collaboration with Dr. Anshuman Khare at the Centre for Innovative Management at Athabasca University in Alberta, Canada, Scott explored how investors in ecotourism operations in southern Africa could understand the qualities required for a successful and sustainable enterprise.  Success factors were defined in the three realms of environmental, social and economic, and covered such issues as:

  • site boundaries
  • opportunity costs
  • community definitions
  • community dialogue
  • infrastructure
  • legal systems and security

This paper is available from Channel View Publications here.